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Cabin Fever by Tom Montgomery Fate
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"Cabin Fever" is a collection of essays about the author's thoughts and experiences at the family cabin. Fate, a suburban family man, identifies with Thoreau, and is a close reader of "Walden" and Thoreau's journals. Many of these essays contrast Fate's modern, somewhat fractured life with the more deliberate lifestyle Thoreau led more than a century ago.

I am very interested in the book's theme, which seems to probe various answers to the question of how a modern person who lives with a family in the suburbs can also maintain a feeling of connection with a healthy natural environment, without abandoning job and family to go live in the woods full time.

I enjoyed this book, but didn't love it. There was a sense of intellectual exploration in Fate's writing, and perhaps what I ask from memoir is more of an emotional connection than I found in these pages. Still, for a reader who is interested in the theme I described and who enjoys the essay format, this book is a worthwhile read.
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